Wednesday, April 4, 2012

NUC Player Spotlight - Javone Byrd

NUC Player Spotlight - Javone Byrd

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NUC Player Spotlight - Javone Byrd

Courtesy: Chris Smith / National Underclassmen Combine
          Release: April 04, 2012
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Position: Running Back
Grade: 2013 
Height: 5'6  
Weight: 167lbs 
Hometown/HS:  Lugoff, South Carolina (Lugoff-Elgin HS)
Strengths:  Byrd is a diminutive and athletic offensive specialist who lines up at running back in high school but could certainly play anywhere on offense in college because of his size and versatility. Byrd might be small but makes up for it with heart, desire and the will to be the best player he can be. No one will out work Byrd and his work ethic allows him to stay competitive all the way throughout the game. Byrd is quick and can squirt his way through running lanes that only he can find. He is also very strong and physical for his size. Byrd is not afraid of physical contact and sometimes he is the one that makes the initial first punch. He is not afraid to stick his nose in the line and churn out yards with his strong lower base. Byrd runs with a purpose and when he finds his running hole he goes right for it without hesitation. He can also be an outstanding pass catcher out of the backfield and give you the receiving abilities needed from your running back.
Weaknesses: Byrd is small and there isn't much can do about it. Playing running back at the Division 1 football you don't find many players with his size. Byrd works hard to give everything he has but running behind a line at 5'6 could hinder him at the next level. Defenses could have a hard time finding him but once they have him in their grasp he could be stopped. Byrd also needs to continue to improve in his blocking. He doesn't have the prototype look of a big blocking back so he needs to learn other ways at buying time in his blocking so his quarterback can make the pass. Byrd has to work hard every time he steps out on the field because he will always be the smallest guy out there.
Overview: Byrd will always be lacking the ideal look of your starting running back but no one will ever out work him or tell him that he can't do it. His desire to play high level college football has led to interest from several BCS conference programs that seem very intrigued by his work ethic and versatility that he brings on the offensive side of the ball. Byrd has received the most interest thus far from North Carolina St, Duke, Syracuse, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky and East Carolina. He has visited North Carolina St several times and he currently holds them in high favor and would seriously consider a commitment if they offered. Byrd plans to camp at several college camps this summer and he hopes he lands multiple offers before the start of his senior season. The only thing that holds Byrd back is his size but other than that he has everything you want in a Division 1 student athlete both on and off the football field.
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